Oven-baked seasoned fries are tender on the inside and lightly crispy on the outside. They make a great side to any vegan burger. Since the fries are baked, not fried, you can indulge in a slightly healthier option!
There is a little secret to making baked fries in the oven.
To achieving perfect, crispy oven-baked fries the potatoes need to be soaked in water after they've been cut.
And if possible, bake the fries on a cast-iron skillet. It gives them a delicious browned crispy bottom.
How to soak the potatoes
- Fill a large bowl with filtered water.
- Toss the fries in as you chop them.
- Drain and thoroughly dry the fries.
By soaking the potatoes in water, you remove most of the starch. This, in return, gives you nice crispy fries baked in the oven.
Next, you'll want to place the fries in a dry bowl and add the oil and massage it into the fries. Then evenly space them out on your skillet or baking sheet.
I love to switch up the seasonings depending on the dish I am serving them with. Give them a try with my 5-spice cajun seasoning for Cajun fries or sprinkle on your favorite seasonings!
Top these fries with salt and serve them with one of these delicious options
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- 3-4 medium russet potatoes
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/8 teaspoon paprika
- Pink salt to taste
- Fresh ground black pepper to taste
- 1-2 tablespoons refined coconut oil
- Fresh parsley, chopped
- Large bowl of filtered water
- Preheat your oven to 400º.
- Chop your potatoes to french fry size. As you chop your potatoes add them to a bowl of water. Once the fries are chopped, give them a stir in the bowl.
- Dry your bowl and fries very well with a clean, lint-free, kitchen towel.
- Add your cut potatoes, oil and seasonings to the bowl and mix well.
- Spread the fries flat on your skillet or pan touching as little as possible. You don't want to crowd your pan or the fries won't crisp up. They will result in a more baked potato texture.
- Cook at 400º for 35-45 minutes or until the tops just begin to brown. Cook time may vary depending on the size of your fries and your oven.
- Top with fresh, chopped parsley
*Soaking your potatoes in ice water removes a lot of the starch and will produce a crispy shell. Also for best results, I suggest a cast iron skillet, but you can line any pan with parchment paper and still achieve crispy potatoes.